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Ethics reform bill moves out of committee

February 10, 2015

An Indiana House committee has backed a state ethics law overhaul requiring greater financial disclosure by lawmakers and expressly prohibiting elected officials from using state resources for political purposes.

The House government committee voted unanimously Tuesday to advance the bill to the full House.

Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma told the committee the bill aims to increase transparency and limit conflict of interests.

The proposal follows an investigation into former state schools Superintendent Tony Bennett's use of state staff and resources during his 2012 re-election campaign. In another case, a senior lawmaker privately lobbied last year to kill legislation that could've cost his family's business millions of dollars.

Julia Vaughn of Common Cause Indiana says she believes the bill is a good attempt at closing loopholes in state law.

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